Update: Aug. 2020 – Plans are underway with cooperation from US Speedskating to create these exhibits. Pending funding, we hope to start installing exhibits starting in 2021.
Why do Short Track skaters use different skates than Long Track skaters?
What makes these skates special? Displays will show how skates have evolved
over the years, from steel blades on wooden frames, to modern custom boots
with high tech bent blades for Short Track, and clap skates for Long Track.
What are skin suits? What are they made of? How do skinsuits help skaters go fast?
Why are the blades bolted on? (Video close-up of boots traveling on the ice, leaning in the corner; video of a skater booting-out and wiping out) (Narrative: Photos of skaters with broken blades being changed during competition)
Exhibits will also be available on a virtual museum tour on the website.
PROPOSED INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS:
Do you want to experience how hard it is to race at the high altitude of the UOO?
Get on an exercise bike and have a virtual race with an Olympian speed skater.
What would it be like to skate in a pack with the skaters?
Put on the goggles and watch the 3d video.
Can you watch a Short Track race closely enough to see
when a skater commits an infraction?
Try your skill in the “You be the Referee” game.
If you could ask a Hall of Fame Athlete a question, what would it be? We will compile a list of questions and get videos of athletes answering the questions.
The guest will select from a list of questions, such as “What got you started in speed skating?” “What was your best race? (or worst race)” “What is a favorite memory?” When they select the question, they can pick from a list of Athletes: Bonnie Blair, Eric Heiden, Apolo Ohno, etc. and then watch the video of the athlete answering.
We can also set this up by making a video of a conversation between athletes, such as,
Rusty Smith interviewing Dan Jansen, or Shani Davis interviewing Sheila Young.
Use the Contact Us page to make a suggestion!
We plan to make these available on-line as well.